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A FAVORABLE DECISION
By Harold Carter
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
EmV-Baynes leaned back in his
chair in his law office nd gazed com
placently around him. "
"I'm a lucky chap," he soliloquized.
"Here am I at 28, only four years in
practice and already earning $4,000
a year in this town, where I am com
paratively a stranger. There is only
one thing missing. If I had a nice
home, instead of boarding, and a
As this thought came to him the
office boy opened the door and stuck
his head in. "Lady to see you, sir,"
he announced, handing the, young
lawyer a card.
"Show Mrs. Raymond in," said
Baynes, hastily assuming his profes
The girl who entered might have
been five and twenty. She seemed to
Baynes the prettiest girl that he had
ever seen. Her blue eyes were trou
bled, however, and her expression
was quite woefuL
"Do you take divorce cases, Mr.
Baynes?" she asked in a whisper.
"Certainly, madam. I'm glad to,"
answered the young lawyer, stung
by the thought that this beautiful
young woman could possibly have
been mistreated by her husband. He
was also conscious of a sinking of
the heart at the thought that she was
married, followed by as rapid an ele
vation. He would win that case.
"You won't have heard of me," said
Mrs. Raymond. "You see, I live over
at Pendleton, twenty miles away, and
J came here because because it
must be very private."
"Yes, Mrs. Raymond. And you wish
me to procure you a divorce from
"If it is possible," replied the girL
"That's what I don't know. You see,
he is a brute. You can have no idea
how he has treated me!"
".We'll fix him," said Baynes Te-
hemently. "Now please tell me your
He listened with deepening inter
est It was the story of a runaway
marriage between the daughter of
very wealthy parents and a youth in .
comparative poverty. The girl's pa
rents had objected from the begin
ning. The young couple had been
married only two years, but they
were not temperamentally suited
Might Have Been Five and Twenty.
from the beginning. There had been
constant scenes and quarrels. He
had abused her, she said, but there
had been no actual cruelty. And there
seemed no other ground on which
divorce proceedings could be insti
tuted. "Hum! Well, this state, does per
mit divorce on the ground of cruelty
alone," said Baynes. "But it is a lit-
l tie doubtful whether the court could